Doncaster Rovers: Dickov to weigh up loan deal option after Khumalo injury blow

Bongani Khumalo
Bongani Khumalo

Paul Dickov could dive into the loan market once more following the ‘devastating’ news that defender Bongani Khumalo faces six months on the sidelines.

The 27-year-old centre-back was due to undergo a knee operation yesterday afternoon after being stretchered off during South Africa’s 5-0 friendly defeat to Brazil on Wednesday night.

Dickov admitted Khumalo is definitely out for the remainder of their Championship survival run-in but will also miss the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

“We’re all devasted for him [Khumalo]. He’s ruptured his patella tendon in his knee which is a serious injury,” said the Rovers manager.

“He’s having an operation in South Africa and that rules him out not just for this season but a large part of next season as well.

“Away from it being a blow for us, it’s a massive blow for the kid because he’s done really well for us.

“Off the football pitch he’s such a humble guy and when it happens to someone the players are really close to and they have a lot of respect for, it’s a massive disappointment - more so for Bongs.

“Football is football and everything else but it is a really serious injury he’s picked up.”

Doncaster do have the added boost of defender Paul Quinn returning from injury who has taken on centre-half duties when called upon for Rovers in previous matches.

Gabriel Tamas can also slot into the middle of the defence as well as Dickov having further options in the shape of Luke McCullough and Liam Wakefield if needed.

The Scotsman said he was keen keep the squad he currently has, but had not ruled out a potential loan swoop if needed.

“Paul Quinn is back. Quinny’s come in and played centre-half for us and done really well,” he added.

“We’ve got the option of putting Gabby Tamas in there, certainly for this weekend anyway.

“Before the loan window shuts, that might be something to be addressed, whether it’s for cover or somebody to come in and play we don’t know just yet.”